Neurogan Guide: What Are The Best CBD Capsules In 2022?
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With so many different CBD products on the market, it can be hard to know how to choose the best one for you. If you're looking for an easy and convenient way to take CBD, capsules are a great option.
But with so many different brands and formulas out there, how do you know which ones are effective?
In this blog post, we'll take a look at some of the best CBD capsules/pills on the market from Neurogan and discuss how to shop for a quality product.
- CBD is a compound derived from the cannabis plant that is researched for its long list of many potential wellness benefits from supporting comfort, inflammation, energy levels, sleep, mood, and much more.
- CBD capsules come in traditional hard capsules and softgels—though softgels are found to be much more versatile and fast-acting.
- Many people enjoy CBD capsules because they offer consistent, premeasured doses, are travel-friendly, and are flavorless.
- CBD capsules aren't for everyone—some people may have issues with the lower bioavailability of capsules or the inability to customize their doses. We'll outline other options in this post.
What Are CBD Capsules/ CBD Pills?
Capsules are a convenient way to consume supplements. CBD capsules combine either CBD extract or whole ground hemp flowers in a fast-dissolving casing that should be taken with water.
As more and more people are looking for natural ways to improve their health, CBD has become a popular topic of conversation.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike its more famous counterpart, THC, CBD does not cause any psychoactive effects.
Instead, it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to promote balance and homeostasis. In other words, CBD can help your body maintain a state of optimal health.
What Are Hemp-Derived CBD Capsules Used For?
CBD is one of many phytochemicals derived from hemp that is taken to support a healthy endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The endocannabinoid system is a moderating system that consists of receptors, neurotransmitters, and enzymes that help to maintain homeostasis (balance) for some of our most vital systems including sleep, energy metabolism, mood, memory, inflammation, and much more.
The ECS's discovery was thanks to researchers looking into how the psychoactive components of cannabis affected the body, so compared to other body systems, the ECS is the new kid on the block.
Researchers are still looking to understand the effects of the ECS and its role in some of the more complex systems such as immune function and metabolism.
The reason why CBD is such an intriguing compound is because of its role in the ECS.
It doesn't readily bind to endocannabinoid receptors (CB1 or CB2) like THC—the main psychoactive compound— to exert its effects.
Instead, CBD increases the natural levels of the body's naturally occurring cannabinoids called endocannabinoids (endo=internal) and increases the receptor activity of these endocannabinoids .
By supporting the ECS as a whole, the body is much better equipped to deal with stress and regulate a sweet spot zone of functioning for essential systems. Since no system in our body exists in isolation, strengthening one system often supports many others to provide overall wellness support. This is why CBD is known to have a long list of potential wellness benefits.
Since hemp-derived CBD became federally legal in 2018 as part of the US Farm Bill, nonprescription CBD products have become much more accessible.
Types Of CBD Pills
There are two main categories of CBD pills— CBD softgels and CBD capsules, which allow CBD users to achieve consistent doses of CBD without fussing with doses or flavorings.
Many people prefer using capsules over smoking them or taking them as oil as they're much more discreet, travel-friendly, shelf-stable, and convenient.
Let's have a closer look at the two types of CBD pills available and highlight their key differences and pros and cons.
CBD Capsules (Powder Capsules)
In the supplement and pharmaceutical industry, capsule casings are the most popular technique employed to enclose active ingredients for easy ingestible application.
Capsule casings are typically made from gelatin—which is an animal byproduct—or plant-based cellulose. Gelatin based-capsules are the most abundant on the market as they're the cheapest to produce.
Some marketing will also suggest that plant-based gelatin is the superior choice for people suffering from joint issues and arthritis pain as the collagen in gelatin capsules may help to support joint health and inflammation. However, the casing itself doesn't have enough gelatin to provide any substantial effects.
Cheaply made gelatin capsules can cause bloating and indigestion for those with sensitive stomachs, which is why plant-based cellulose capsules are becoming the better option.
The biggest differentiator in this category is that CBD capsules carry dry ingredients compared to CBD soft gel capsules. Dry ingredients can either be in the form of CBD isolate powder or whole hemp flower.
The Pros Of CBD Capsules:
- Reach higher potencies of CBD with CBD isolate
- Take CBD naturally with ground hemp, trace minerals, and botanical compounds
The Cons Of CBD Capsules
- Lower bioavailability
- You may have to take multiple capsules to reach the desired effects
- Dosage is not as flexible as CBD oils and gummies
CBD Softgels (Liquid)
Softgel pills were designed to address some of the flaws in hardshell capsules and pressed pill designs.
Traditional hard-casing capsules are only good for dry ingredients such as powdered extract or ground hemp. Softgels are made with a technique called rotary die encapsulation to form a complete seal around liquid ingredients.
Softgels contain CBD extract dissolved in a carrier oil. Thanks to the hematic seal created around the liquid, it keeps the material shelf-stable much longer than traditional CBD oil and hard capsules preventing oxidation, moisture leakage, and microbial contamination.
Many CBD experts and users argue that CBD softgels with a carrier oil are the superior choice as the fats in the oil act as a carrier to transport more of the cannabinoids into the system. CBD and other cannabinoids are fat-soluble, which means they can benefit from hitching a ride with fat from the oils into the bloodstream.
The Pros Of CBD Softgels
- Longer shelf-life
- Increased bioavailability: a higher percentage of CBD absorbed
- Quick dissolving capsules
The Cons Of CBD Softgels
- Cost more
- Dosage is not as flexible as CBD oils and gummies
What Are The Benefits Of CBD Capsules?
Many people may gravitate towards CBD capsules over CBD oil for the sake of convenience.
A CBD capsule offers the same type of benefits as most ingestible CBD products, but this format is much more straightforward than measuring oils and is easier to take on the go.
- CBD capsules come in pre-measured doses. They come in a wide range of doses and you can find one that suits your CBD needs best.
- CBD capsules are travel-friendly. Out of all the CBD products available, CBD capsules are by far, the easiest to travel with. Make sure you don't travel past international borders with CBD products or you could find yourself in hot water.
- CBD capsules are flavorless. While there are a lot of flavor options for CBD oil and gummies, they may not be enough to mask the most sensitive palettes. CBD capsules make dosing much more enjoyable for those who don't love the nutty, grassy flavor of CBD extracts.
CBD Extract Type: Which CBD Capsules Should I Choose?
When shopping for CBD products, you'll encounter three types of extracts on the market that refer to the range of cannabinoids in the hemp extract. The main cannabinoid is, of course, CBD, but CBD is one of many naturally occurring phytochemicals produced in hemp that has potential health benefits.
Here's a refresher on the different hemp extracts in CBD gel capsules below.
Full Spectrum Hemp Extract
Many CBD experts and health professionals will tell you that full spectrum hemp extract is the way to go to get the most benefits from the hemp plant. It's the least processed type of hemp extract, but it's also often the most expensive.
To get full spectrum CBD, the manufacturer has to take much more careful measures to preserve the heat and light-sensitive cannabinoids and terpenes for a much more rich hemp extract that has a more potent and balanced effect profile.
This is because the other active compounds work together to compliment the effects of CBD in the entourage effect.
Aside from creating a full spectrum CBD extract by isolating the resin from the hemp flower, hard CBD capsules can also contain hemp flower, which will also be naturally full spectrum—however, it won't have nearly as high of a concentration of CBD.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad spectrum CBD is made from full spectrum hemp extract. It involves an extra step in isolating and removing all traces of THC—the main psychoactive compound in cannabis sativa plants.
Hemp plants cannot have more than 0.3% THC—which isn't nearly enough to get most people high, but there are certain scenarios where THC, even in trace amounts, should be avoided.
To still take advantage of the entourage effect, broad spectrum CBD will still contain other phytochemicals to support CBD—just without THC.
These may be harder to come across and are sometimes more expensive than full spectrum extracts as the process to create broad spectrum CBD capsules are more labor and resource-intensive.
CBD isolate as the name suggests only contains one ingredient, CBD.
There are high-quality CBD capsules made with CBD isolate, and they definitely have their place on the market, but they're not our number one choice.
The simplest reason being is that you're missing out on the many other potential benefits of hemp's phytochemicals and cannabinoids, and you may need to take higher doses just to reach the same level of effects from full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD.
Where Can I Find CBD Capsules for Sale Near Me?
You can find CBD products virtually everywhere—online, in grocery stores, head shops, and even gas stations.
The best place to purchase CBD is still online for a few reasons:
- You have access to more products at competitive prices
- Shop at the convenience from home
- You have access to third-party lab tests and user reviews
Hemp-derived CBD products became legal with the Farm Bill in 2018, and the market has seen a rush of manufacturers and resellers come onto the scene to take their piece of the green pie.
While there is plenty of in-store shopping you can do to source CBD capsules, if you have the time, it'll be worth your while to purchase your CBD products online where you have the luxury of shopping from the comfort of your home with access to better prices.
Understandably, brick-and-mortar stores have to markup the prices of their products to pay for the overhead costs of running an in-person business, such as rent and staffing. With CBD products online, you have access to tons more brands at extremely competitive prices.
Of course, shopping online means you're also more prone to scammers.
It's important that when you shop online, you do your research before adding anything to your cart—even shop owners can miss steps in ensuring the safety of their customers when making an online order to stock their shops.
Always read the certificate of analysis conducted by a third-party lab to verify the contents of the CBD capsules you're purchasing.
It should also include a contaminant report for any potential exposure to pesticides, heavy metals, solvents, and mold. Never purchase a CBD oil or capsules without first referencing these documents.
The Downsides To CBD Capsules
CBD capsules are becoming more and more popular as a way to take CBD—while they have a lot of benefits, they also have some downsides. CBD is a compound that affects individuals differently, depending on the method of administration (oral, smoking, topical), dose, genetics, and lifestyle factors.
CBD capsules in particular are a lot more finicky than CBD oils or smokable CBD products. Compared to the other methods, capsules are known to have limited bioavailability. That's because stomach acids and liver enzymes eliminate a large portion of the active cannabinoids before they have a chance to exert their effects in the endocannabinoid system.
This means you may need a higher dose of CBD capsules compared to other methods of administration, and some people with a very high tolerance to CBD don't feel the effects of capsules.
If you're someone who doesn't feel the effects of taking CBD capsules, you may want to consider potent CBD capsules with upwards of 50MG per capsule. Some people may have issues with swallowing larger pills that contain higher doses. In these cases, you may want to consider gummies.
Another downside to CBD capsules is that it's much harder to customize your doses.
With CBD oils, you can control your doses by the drop. Even CBD gummies offer more control when dosing as you can cut the gummies into halves or quarters. You don't have this luxury with CBD capsules. Luckily, you can find capsules that come in a variety of strengths—you just have to find one that comes in the closest dose that matches your daily requirements.
Smoke-Free Alternatives To CBD Capsules
Smoking CBD and hemp products are many people's preferred way of experiencing the benefits the plant has to offer—but it's not ideal for everyone. If CBD pills or smokables aren't for you, here are other ways to gain the benefits of CBD.
CBD oils combined hemp extract with a carrier oil. The most popular combinations are CBD with hemp seed oil or MCT coconut oil which come in different potencies of CBD to suit a variety of wellness concerns.
The major pro of CBD oils is that it allows you to customize your dosing drop by drop—something you can't accomplish with pre-measured capsules. These also have a better absorption rate when you place the drops of CBD oil under the tongue to allow the cannabinoids to absorb into the bloodstream through the network of microcapillaries under the tongue.
Gummies are a crowd pleaser as they're tasty and convenient.
CBD gummies come in a variety of flavors and potencies to match anyone's palette and dosing requirements and you can cut them into smaller pieces to reach a dose that matches your needs.
The Best CBD Capsules Offered By Neurogan
If you're looking for high-quality CBD capsules, Neurogan's got you covered.
All our capsules are made from organic hemp grown on the sunny West Coast with no artificial ingredients.
You can also try any of our products risk-free with the 30-day money-back guarantee. If you find that a certain product isn't working out for you, our team will help you find something that's better suited to your needs or you can request a full refund.
You can find our capsules in either full spectrum or THC-broad spectrum extracts. We follow the science that says CBD is most effective and well-balanced when taken alongside naturally occurring phtyocannabinoids, which is why you won't find isolate CBD
Let us introduce you to our best-selling CBD capsules.
CBD Capsules | 1000-3000MG | 60ct
The classic CBD capsules come with 20 or 60 MG of ground hemp per vegan capsule to help you achieve more accurate doses according to your daily requirements. Using premium ground hemp, you get a naturally full spectrum product with trace amounts of dietary fiber and minerals from the plant.
CBD Softgels | 2400MG | 60ct
We use rotary encapsulation to lock in our premium-quality full spectrum CBD or THC-free broad spectrum extract suspended in hemp seed oil. Each softgel contains 40 Mg of CBD, and it's designed for more experienced CBD users or those who need extra support on the tougher days.
Like all our products, the softgels are made in small batches to ensure high-quality standards in a GMP-certified facility.
Extra Strength Softgels | CBD 7500MG | 60ct
With 125 MG of full spectrum CBD or THC-free broad spectrum extract per serving, this is the strongest CBD capsule on the market that leverages the whole hemp plant benefits through the entourage effect.
Our experienced customers wanted a CBD capsule to meet their high tolerance for CBD and we delivered.
If you're new to CBD, we highly recommend starting out with either our CBD gummies or oils to allow you to customize your dose until you reach your desired effects. Starting out with too high of a dose may result in undesirable side effects.
Ultra Sleep Therapy Softgels | CBD 2700MG | CBN 1500MG | 60ct
The Ultra Sleep Therapy Softgels were specifically designed to support a better night's sleep. They combine 45 MG of CBD and 25 MG CBN (cannabinol) for a recipe that supports mind and body relaxation.
Cannabinol is a minor cannabinoid that has been studied for its potential to support muscle relaxation and deep rest when combined with CBD and other minor cannabinoids.
CBN is often marketed as the new "sleep cannabinoid," but based on our research into the scientific literature and speaking with health care professionals, CBN on its own (as an isolate) hasn't been shown to successfully support sleep. This is why we don't offer CBN isolate products. When combined with CBD, CBN has been shown to offer more restorative sleep.
The Takeaway: How To Buy The Best CBD Capsules
Now that you can find CBD capsules virtually anywhere these days, we still recommend shopping for your CBD products online for convenience and access to lab reports that help you make more informed decisions about your products.
Pay close attention to the hemp sourcing, extract type, lab reports, and additional ingredients when shopping online or in-store. If you're trying CBD capsules for the first time, try for a lower dose of 15–25 mg of CBD per capsule, and work your way up over the course of a week until you reach the desired effects.
With Neurogan, you have the luxury of trying our products risk-free for 30-days. If it doesn't work out for you, we'll make it right. This means you can spend less money and time on wasted products and find something that actually works for you.
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